Quiet hallways are not an indication summer break is in full swing at Falcon Middle School. Behind closed doors, on the first day of school, rooms were buzzing with activity on August 2.
On the first full day of class teachers and students got acquainted at the home of the Firebirds. Some shared stories of summer break experiences and memories while others, like the students in Jill Talbot’s seventh-grade science classroom, got to know each other by participating in a group activity called “two truths and a lie.”
“Science is all about investigating,” Talbot said about the first-day student engagement. “It's an investigation of sorts, and how better to get to know students in a science class!”
Neon-green shirts identified a group of students sprinkled among the crowd on the first day back to school. These FMS Firebirds are picked to serve as FMS’ “Where Everybody Belongs” team. The WEB team is on hand every year to help younger classmates make a smooth transition into their roles as new middle-school students.
One-time D49 student Daniel Russell now welcomes students to his classroom as a Social Studies teacher for 7th and 8th grade at FMS.
“I am so glad to be back in school,” Russell said.
Russell instructed his students to complete a personal newspaper assignment to share their interests, what they did over the summer as well as what they’re looking forward to at school, or what might make them nervous about the school year.
“I had amazing teachers at Skyview, Sand Creek, and Falcon,” Russell noted. “I can only hope to have as big of an impact on my students lives as they had on mine.”
A game of kickball helped P.E. teacher Samantha Cates’ class get back into the swing of things on the sunny Thursday morning.
With the first day down, FMS students and staff are back to business for the school year ahead of them.